Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for their Family and Friends
Here you will learn how to choose a rabbi, a synagogue, a denomination, a Hebrew name; how to handle the difficulty of putting aside Christmas; what happens at the mikvah (ritual bath) or a ...more
I just so happen to come across this book on a bookshelf of another friend of mine. I think this book is a starting point in getting to "know" the makeup of Judaism. I definately ALWAYS thought of Jewish/Judaism ...more
This is the first book I went to for information on converting to Judaism. I found it very helpful. It explained the details of ceremonies that a convert could expect in depth, which greatly reduced any fear at the unknown I was experiencing. My only complaint about the book is that it's not really meant to be read cover to cover, as I read it, and that isn't made clear. I was interested in parts that didn't apply to me and read them anyhow, and there was a lot of repetition from other parts--pr...more
The author herself stated that she did not grow up practicing the faith, and in reform congregations, this would require that she go through a full conversion process, but not so in conservative and orthodox congregations. She did not at all cover this in her book.
Though the book had some good information, so much of ...more
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What I mean is, while there are a few bits here and there dedicated to other cultures, the vast majority of Choosing a Jewish Life is quite obviously directed towards American Protestants. There's a lot of time spent on Christmas and one's emoti ...more
Anita does give pointers as to seeking a Rabbi to work with in converting. As well as, information to look arou ...more
One of the nicest features is that she doesn't just cover the conversion process, but includes chapters on what to expect after conversion.
Addie Baum is THE BOSTON GIRL, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to the wider world of the 1910s and ‘20s: short skirts, celebrity ...more